Ancient Mesopotamia: The Cradle of Civilization

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This resource is part of the History of Europe to 1648 course

Time Estimation[edit | edit source]

Time estimation for the completion of the required material in this section.

  • Lecture = 30 min.
  • Required Reading & Review Questions = 30-40min
  • Test Yourself Questions = 30-40 min.

Lecture[edit | edit source]

Coming Soon


  • What is civilization ?.
  • Civilization in Mesopotamia
  • Sumeria and Babylonia
  • Science, the Arts, Religion

Required Reading[edit | edit source]

Review Questions[edit | edit source]

  • Who were the peoples of Mesopotamia?
  • Describe the cuneiform script used in Mesopotamia.
  • What were the contributions of the Babylonians to the sciences?
  • What were the contributions of the Babylonians to literature?
  • What was religion like in Mesopotamia?

Test Yourself Questions[edit | edit source]

  • What is civilization?
  • What did the peoples of Mesopotamia have in common?

Additional Information[edit | edit source]

Further Reading[edit | edit source]

Chronology[edit | edit source]

Ancient Mesopotamia
Paleolithic (Old Stone) Age 3000.000 - 7000 B.C.
Neolithic (New Stone) Age 7000 - 2800 B.C.
Old Sumerian 2800-2300 B.C.
Akkadian 2300-2200 B.C.
New Sumerian 2200-2000 B.C.
Early Old Babylonian 2000-1570 B.C.